The Nigerian musician who has over the years registered his displeasure at the awards show was however not present to pick up the award as www.nydjlive.com is reliably informed that he was involved in another gig elsewhere. A backstage live stream will take place on Twitter at around 8:30 pm ET.
The show which will be aired on BET (DStv Channel 129) and hosted by stand-up comedian Leslie Jones, will have stars such as Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Xscape and El Debarge along with some of hip hop's hottest talent including A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Gucci Mane, Swae Lee, Khalid and SZA and Kamasi Washington perform.
This is the second straight year Wizkid will be winning the award.
The group is set to be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award and BET is sure to have something in store to delight fans.
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"I am so excited to be hosting the BET Awards this year", Jones said in an earlier statement.